Sverdlovsk Railways Accuses Gazpromneft-Ural of Poor Unloading

Sverdlovsk Region Railways (the subsidiary of Russian Railways) claims that Gazpromneft-Ural has been unloading oil at its oil storage facilities in an unsatisfactory way, the portal RZhD-Partner reports.

Now some shortage of AI-92 gasoline was observed at Yekaterinburg filling stations run by Gazpromneft-Ural and Lukoil-Permnefteprodukt this summer. Sverdlovsk Region Railways announced then that the problem was the poor logistics of the oil supplying companies.

As the organization of the unloading process at the storage depots is unsatisfactory, cisterns are sitting there unloaded for hours on end. On August 12, 2011, over 120 cisterns were waiting to be unloaded and 220 more were coming in by railways,’ the railway company reports.

The analysis done by the railway company has made it clear that 58 cisterns on average get emptied every day, and 62 wait to be drained. This includes 21 emptied cisterns and 23 cisterns waiting to be drained at Sysert station; the figures for stations Smychka, Nevyansk, and Bogdanovich come to 7 and 16, 4 and 7, and 5 and 9, respectively. To make matters worse, the time norms for unloading the carriages are not complied with. On August 10, 2011, for example, it took the oil storage depot in Nizhniy Tagil over twenty-four hours to drain the cisterns, whereas the norm comes to two hours, Sverdlovsk Region Railways points out.

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